Youth & Young Adults

WCS CAREER LATTICE

WCS Education is committed to inspiring a diverse and inclusive movement of conservation advocates and STEM professionals. Our work with youth is a centerpiece of this mission. Each year, over 1,400 youth ages 14 to 24 years old participate in enrichment, volunteer, internship, and employment opportunities across our five parks. The majority of these opportunities are at the Bronx Zoo, making WCS the largest employer of young adults in the Bronx.

The WCS Career Lattice is our integrated careers pathway program through which youth from low-income communities have expanded entry points to opportunities at our parks and equal access to a suite of professional services and supports. The Career Lattice employs a three-pronged approach:

  1. Connect with young people in local, low-income communities through outreach and partnerships;
  2. Develop young people through workshops, support services, and skill-building while at WCS;
  3. Advance young people in their professional journeys through leadership training and tiered professional opportunities in our parks.

The collective impact of this approach empowers young people to pursue meaningful careers, increase their social capital, and develop a conservation ethic.

Here is an in-depth overview of the WCS Career Lattice Program.

See below for a selection of WCS Career Lattice programs.

Generous support for the WCS STEM Career Lattice is provided by New York City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and the New York City Council, Fox Corporation, the TD Charitable Foundation, and multiple private foundations.


Youth Ocean Advocates

Our Youth Ocean Advocates internship provides a select cadre of youth in-depth training in Conservation Advocacy at the New York Aquarium. Youth engage their communities around a pressing marine conservation issue, coordinate and host a Youth Ocean Conservation Summit for their peers, and earn a stipend.

STEP Workforce Development

STEP is a paid, professional development training opportunity for new, seasonal youth employees to help them navigate the workplace, develop essential skills for achieving success in their current position, and becoming exceptional professionals in the workforce at WCS and beyond.

Teaching Fellows

Teaching Fellowships provide dedicated young adults with a paid, extended experience leading school and family programs throughout the school year, preparing passionate young educators with the skills to work in science education.

City University of New York

WCS partners with the City University of New York (CUNY) to offer students paid positions through CUNY Cultural Corps, Service Corps, Summer Corps, and EDGE programs, as well as, Stella and Charles Guttman Community College. CUNY fellows receive training in science education and assist with school and family programs during the school year.

Workshops

WCS youth volunteers, interns, and part-time employees have opportunities for focused training and career exploration through an annual skill-building workshop and career talk series with professionals in diverse roles.

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